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Wanganui JC 1 May 2019 - R 8 - Chair, Mr P Williams

Created on 02 May 2019

PWilliams (chair)
Ms A Jones - Class A Jockey
Mr D Balcombe - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive Use of Whip

Following the running of race 8, the “River City Cabs Maiden 3YO 1600”, Information A9248 was filed by Stipendiary Steward Mr D Balcombe under Rule 638(3)(b)(ii). The Information stated “A Jones used her whip excessively prior to the 100m”. Ms Jones signed the Information admitting the breach and at the beginning of the hearing confirmed that was correct and also that she understood the Rule and associated Guidelines under which she was charged.

Rule 638(3)(b) provides: A Rider shall not:

(ii) strike a horse with a whip in a manner or to an extent which is excessive.

The “Guidelines With Respect to Acceptable Use of the Whip” provide:

Without affecting the generality of Rule 638(3)(b) a rider may be penalised if their whip use is outside of the following guidelines:-

Inside the final 600 metres of any Race, official trial or jump-out a horse may be struck with the drawn whip up to five times after which the rider must cease their use of the whip for a minimum of five strides before striking the horse again with the drawn whip, with this restriction to apply prior to the final 100 metres. The whip may then be used at the rider’s discretion until the winning post is reached. Prior to the final 600 metres of a race, official trial or jump-out the use of the drawn whip is acceptable if used in moderation and not continually.

Stipendiary Steward Mr Balcombe showed the side-on view of the race from the 350m mark and highlighted Ms Jones on “Maipe” racing behind the leaders in mid-track. He said from the 350m to the 100m Ms Jones struck her horse 11 times and whilst there were 3 brief pauses none were for the required 5 strides.

Ms Jones did not disagree with Mr Balcombe’s interpretation of the film and had no further comments to make.


As Ms Jones admitted the breach the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Balcombe said Ms Jones had not breached this Rule in the previous 12 months and said the Stewards considered the breach today to be at the low end. He submitted that a fine was an appropriate penalty but did not specify the level of fine that should be imposed.

Ms Jones had no comments.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee has reviewed the film of the race from the top of the straight to the 100m mark and taken into account the submissions made. The JCA Penalty Guide starting point for a 1st breach of excessive use of the whip is a $300 fine which was adopted. This starting point includes admission of the breach and a clear record.  There were no aggravating factors that warranted an uplift in penalty.


Ms Jones is fined $300.

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